Take Notes While in the Combine

Combining2011 002During harvest, many farmers are probably reflecting on the season, but might not be taking notes for next year. This is the time to start planning for next year’s crops. While in the combine, look for weed and insect problems to fix for next year. Harvest provides an opportunity for a final evaluation of your weed management program and to a lesser extent, your insect management program. As you travel over all of your fields, take a minute to record observations such as where weeds are present. Be sure to note the exact locations and details so you know how to correct it for next year.

The next step of being a “crop scene investigator” of CSI is to make the linkages and relate weed or insect problems with management decisions that were made. Use your yield monitor to help you adjust your problem areas.

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